80s TV The Best 1980s CBS Dramas  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite CBS dramas that aired on TV in the '80s

These are the best 1980s CBS drama shows ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best 1980s CBS dramas come in all shapes and sizes. Some good 80s CBS drama TV series were based on traditional family situations, workplace happenings, and crime procedurals. But still others were less conventional. Many of the best 1980s CBS drama shows were even sci-fi shows!

What shows will you find on this best 1980s CBS drama shows list? The Dukes of Hazzard was a popular CBS drama throughout the 1980s. Fun Fact: This classic series was adapted into a movie starring Johnny Knoxville in 2005. Dallas is another good 80s CBS drama. It was also later adapted for modern times into a new TV show rather than a film.

William Shatner once again found TV fame when he appeared in the CBS series T.J. Hooker during the 1980s. Other good shows that are featured on this top 1980s CBS drama shows list include Cagney & Lacey, Falcon Crest and Jake and the Fatman.

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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Dallas Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy

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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Cagney & Lacey Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen

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Magnum, P.I. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Magnum, P.I. Tom Selleck, John Hillerman, Roger E. Mosley

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
The Incredible Hulk Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin

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The Dukes of Hazzard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
The Dukes of Hazzard Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach

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Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Lou Grant Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams

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Simon & Simon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Simon & Simon Gerald McRaney, Tim Reid, Jameson Parker

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Knots Landing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
badromance80 added Knots Landing Michele Lee, Ted Shackelford, Joan Van Ark

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Falcon Crest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Falcon Crest Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas, Chao Li Chi

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Airwolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Airwolf Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord, Ernest Borgnine

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The Equalizer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
The Equalizer Edward Woodward, Keith Szarabajka, Robert Lansing

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Beauty and the Beast Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello

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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
T. J. Hooker William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Adrian Zmed

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Tour of Duty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Tour of Duty Terence Knox, Stephen Caffrey, Tony Becker

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Scarecrow and Mrs. King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland

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Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Yvette Vickers, Stacy Keach, Darren McGavin

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Cover Up is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Cover Up Jennifer O'Neill, Richard Anderson, Mykelti Williamson

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Crazy like a Fox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Crazy like a Fox Jack Warden, John Rubinstein, Penny Peyser

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Emerald Point N.A.S. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Emerald Point N.A.S. Sela Ward, Jill St. John, Susan Dey

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The Law & Harry McGraw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
The Law & Harry McGraw Jerry Orbach, Barbara Babcock, Peter Haskell

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Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Jake and the Fatman William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell

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Frank's Place is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Frank's Place Tim Reid, Robert Harper, Daphne Reid

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Blue Skies (1988) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Blue Skies (1988) Tom Wopat, Pat Hingle, Season Hubley

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The Wizard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
The Wizard Frank Welker, Roddy McDowall, Douglas Barr

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Downtown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Downtown Gregory Gilmore

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Bring 'Em Back Alive is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Bring 'Em Back Alive Cindy Morgan, Bruce Boxleitner, Clyde Kusatsu

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Dirty Dancing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Dirty Dancing Constance Marie, Melora Hardin, Paul Feig

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The Oldest Rookie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
The Oldest Rookie Paul Sorvino, Marshall Bell, Raymond J. Barry

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Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas

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Mr. Merlin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1980s CBS Dramas
Mr. Merlin Barnard Hughes, Elaine Joyce, Jonathan Prince